Originally Posted by DeValency
There is a huge spectrum of experiences, as wide as the number of cruisers times the number of their boats times the number of the places they stop at.
Both descriptions are realities for every cruiser and the ratio is changing almost every day. A lot of it is personal preferences and very specific situations. It is nice to show-off the entire world the high times (I do it myself, of course) but we rarely share the difficulties - and there are a lot!! In fact, sharing the actual cruising life difficulties with friends on and off shore is a great thing.
Yes, having a new relatively reliable boat helps a lot, but we know that technical problems starts much sooner than expected and then what? Are you fix the failed plumbing
or going snorkeling? Are you wasting a whole day (if youíre lucky) to find a common part needed or enjoying the breeze (or the hurricane) on deck
Are you anchoring in a great turquoise waters bay or being kicked out without water
(March 2020, the Exumas
...) by the authorities that were always great in taking your good $$?...
And it goes on and on. This is a cruisers forum, not a YouTube channel, although I do appreciate the realistic youtubers channels that go between fun and misery all the time - Iíd call it reality - not a reality-show. (We had enough of it for the last four years
Calm seas, fair winds and good luck with this f****g heat exchanger
I couldn't agree with you more!
We don't have a youtube channel (because we hate being in front of the camera
and have no desire to change a lifestyle we love into "work" that we are likely to eventually hate because of it)... but we are and have always been committed 100% to telling/sharing both pros and cons and sharing both highs and lows, as we have done throughout our journey both with friends/families and a loyal following of others.
Anyone who tells the cover story without the backstory (in my opinion) didn't really tell the story at all.
BUT... all of that said, all the hardships and work that is the reality of living on a boat really don't seem to me to be the deciding factor in the question from OP.
The question is about the realities of what it's like to work full time on a boat, not how much it sucks to live on a boat for some people who are clearly over it.
Most of the posts here are negative, but not actually about working from the boat, just about the realities of living on a boat.
If the constant maintenance
watching and issues moving in and out of various anchorages/countries is enough to make you give up the boat life than you clearly shouldn't be doing it... but in my mind that's not really an answer to the OP and an actual disservice to someone looking/hoping to make a leap and follow their dream (even if it turned out not to be the lifestyle for you).
Is living on a boat hard work? Of course it is.
Do I have to often choose when to fix the plumbing vs when to snorkel, of course... but there's often time for both, which is exactly what makes it a dream life that in my opinion is 100% worth the effort.
You know what else I consider hard (or even harder) work?
Waking up at 6am 5+ days a week to look at my own snarling face in the mirror while i put on a necktie, go sit in an office for 8-10 hours hating every single
second of it and go home thinking about how i wasted another day of my life (and probably subtracted a few more in stress alone) while I save up for a week or two of freedom to go snorkel off the back of a boat.
Freedom comes with a price
... and it's usually hard work.
Choosing/creating a life where you can put in the hard work AND have the benefit on a daily basis rather than once at the end of each year to me is a win/win. At least until we can all afford to do it without the work involved - then by all means, lets do that!!